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12.01.22 – Covid Vaccinations, Test your Smoke Alarm, UHNM Charity, Battery disposal

Written by on 12 January 2022

Staffordshire people will be able to get a booster vaccine at walk-in clinics throughout January, as case rates in the county remain extremely high.   This puts more people at risk of becoming infected and becoming ill from Covid or needing to isolate, threating the delivery of essential services such as health and social care and transport.

Walk-in clinic details can be found at People can also book a booster appointment via the national booking portal at

Anybody aged over 12 is eligible for a Covid vaccine, and people aged 18 and over can get a booster vaccine if 3 months has passed since their second dose.

New national guidance around PCR testing has now come into effect.  anyone who tests positive on a rapid lateral flow test will no longer need to take a PCR test and must self-isolate immediately.


And … a reminder from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service … Don’t forget that a smoke alarm can save your life but only if it’s working. Push the test button on your smoke alarm every week to check that the battery is working.


At the end of 2021, the UHNM Charity were thrilled to celebrate the arrival of two children’s heart scanners, which will be used to pick up heart defects in patients from premature babies right through to 16 years olds.  The scanners will be used on both wards and outpatient clinics, so many young patients will be able to benefit from them and they will reduce waiting times for families in our area.

The Charity was able to purchase the scanners thanks to supporters carrying out various fundraising activities.   If you would like to fundraise for the united Hospitals of North Midlands  and help improve the care and experience of patients visit


Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council Waste and Recycling Services Team are reminding us not to put batteries into our recycling bin or bag. The Team do not collect batteries of any kind, for health and safety reasons.

But did you know? For 10 years now, shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store, meaning that there are many places where you can dispose of your used batteries – as well as at your local council recycling centre. And to quantify this – One pack of 4 AA batteries per day equals about 32kg per year, so many places around the area should have battery recycling facilities